Day 5: Take Steps to Advance Your Career

It doesn’t matter how slow you go, as long as you don’t stop. 
-Confucius

If you feel like your current job or career is taking you nowhere, feeling under-appreciated, overworked, and that there are little opportunities to move up, then that’s probably a sign it is time to move on. Working in an environment that brings stress and chaos can have a negative effect on your mind, and body so make it your mission to do something about it.


Why not learn a new skill to either advance in your career, or to propel you forward into a new one? To help you achieve your goal, here are four powerful steps to assist you on your journey.


Step 1: Set an intention and consider all your options

Success has a different meaning for everyone, so you must know what success is for you in the beginning. Spend some time on your options to get the desired outcome; the perfect position at the best company. Seeing the end result in your mind is always a good way to begin when you have set out to achieve something.


The more you enjoy what you do for a living, the more fulfilled you will feel in the long run. Learning a new skill is usually easier to accomplish when geared towards something you enjoy, so think about things that bring you joy and see if it’s a possible career path.


An example of this is: If you were an average student in English, then fast forward to see you have become a best selling author. Your success could have contributed to you writing about what you are passionate about.

Step 2: Be a visionary thinker when choosing your next career and share your goals

When we are unhappy at our workplace it can sometimes be easier to move from job-to-job because we are only looking at one puzzle piece at a time. This only leads to more of the same, being unhappy with our job. Instead, try seeing the whole picture. For each job that interests you, make sure it fits within your entire picture and not just pieces of it.


To advance in your career, you cannot be afraid to express interest in promotions to the appropriate people. Sharing your interest in the open position and asking to be considered puts you on their radar. This might lead you to be tested with a bit more responsibilities to see if you will be able to handle the open position

Step 3: Pinpoint your strengths & increase your knowledge and skills

Try making a list of all your strengths. These are some questions you could ask yourself when trying to zone in on your strengths:

  • What are you good at?
  • How efficient are you when performing the task?
  • Where could you improve?

Be prepared to increase your knowledge in one way or another to advance further in your career. Moreover, consider getting outside of your comfort zone and try taking on extra responsibilities to familiarize yourself with different skill sets.

Step 4: Dress for success & find a good mentor

You may have all the qualifications in the world, but if you don’t present yourself in that manner you could get passed over for a promotion. How we dress and carry ourselves gives an impression of what we stand for; therefore, we must look the part.

Try your very best not to recreate the wheel. There is somebody out there who has already done what you are trying to achieve; find a coach or mentor who can guide you to the success you so eagerly crave. Remember, you might stumble along the way; the important thing is that you don’t give up.

Do you feel your current job/career is taking you nowhere, and time drags on to no avail? Feeling stagnant in any role is never a good feeling. Instead, why not try something new.

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” -Walt Disney

So, if you feel like your current career path is taking you nowhere, feeling under-appreciated, overworked, and that there are few opportunities to move up the ladder, then that’s probably a sign it is time to move on. Working in an environment that brings stress and chaos can have a negative effect on your mind, and body so makes it your mission to do something about it.

“It doesn’t matter how slow you go, as long as you don’t stop.” -Confucius

Why not learn a new skill to either advance in your career, or to propel you forward into a new one? To help you achieve your goal, here are four decisive steps to assist you on your journey. 

Step1: Set an intention and consider all your options

Success has a different meaning for everyone, so you must know what success looks like for you in the beginning. Spend some time on your options, set an intention to a specific goal. Maybe that goal is to get this desired outcome: the perfect position at the best company.

A timeline should always be paired together with your desired goal.  

The timeline will help keep you accountable for the time dedicated to achieving the goal you have set. Timelines also assist with keeping motivated and seeing all that is possible. Seeing the result in your mind is always an excellent way to begin when you have set out to achieve something. 

The more you enjoy what you do for a living, the more fulfilled you will feel in the long run. Learning a new skill is usually easier to accomplish when geared towards something you enjoy, so think about things that bring you joy and see if it’s a possible career path. 

An example of a career path stemmed with passion would be: If you were once an "A" student in English/Reading/Writing, now, fast forward to present time. You might have become a Best-selling author. Your success more than likely contributes to you writing what you are passionate about every time. Doing what you love always comes easy, even if others deem it difficult and impossible. When you enjoy the work, you will feel more inclined to step it up a notch to add to what you already know.

Step2: Be a visionary thinker when choosing your next career and share your goals

When we are unhappy at our workplace, it can sometimes be more comfortable to move from job to job. Moving from one job to the next happens when we are only looking at one puzzle piece at a time. 

Yes, in some instances, you might feel there is no other solution than to just bail.

Let’s examine your strategy of abandoning a sinking ship to jump onto potentially another, metaphorically speaking. This only leads to more of the same, being unhappy with your job and wishing for more. 

Instead, try seeing the whole picture. What is it that truly inspires you? What could you see yourself doing forever and a day? Envision the future you want for yourself and think of the outcome long-term. For each inspired idea, make sure it fits within your entire picture, not just pieces of it.

To advance in your career, you cannot be afraid to express interest in promotions to the appropriate people. Don’t just assume management knows you are interested and that you might be the right candidate for the position.

Sharing your interest and asking to be considered puts you on their radar. Far too often, doing a good job goes unnoticed in the workplace. Make sure you are acknowledged for the great work you contribute. Being recognized for your excellent work ethic might lead you to be tested with a bit more responsibilities to see how you will handle the open position.

Step3: Pinpoint your strengths & increase your knowledge and skills

To get ahead in your career, consider getting outside of your comfort zone and taking on extra responsibilities to familiarize yourself with different skill sets. Doing so will show whoever is looking that you are serious about advancing further. Even if they are not looking, the added responsibilities you have decided to handle will sure shine a spotlight on you!

You could also try making a list of all your strengths to see how you stack up against everyone else. These are some questions you could ask yourself when trying to zone in on your strengths: what are you good at? How efficient are you when performing the task? Where could you improve? 

Be prepared to increase your knowledge in one way or another to advance in your career. Deciding to further your education can have a significant impact on moving up in any company. When management looks at your qualifications: seeing that you took extra measures getting a degree, certified, or something that can specifically add to the company can be a big plus.

Step4: Dress for success & Find a good mentor

You may have all the qualifications in the world, but if you don’t present yourself in that manner, you could get passed over for a promotion. That is why you must dress for success: for the job you desire, not the one you are seeking to escape. How we dress and carry ourselves gives an impression of what we stand for; therefore, we must look the part.

Maintaining a professional look and demeanor can facilitate a positive impact on everyone in the office. So, make it your mission to always look the part of what you are trying to convey to others.

On the other subject of assembling a network, one of the best ways is to look for a mentor(s). The perfect individual(s) would be someone who has the success and freedom you are seeking. They will be able to guide you, offer excellent advice and feedback, and encourage you along your journey.

Try your very best not to recreate the wheel. There is somebody out there who has already done what you are trying to achieve; find a coach/mentor who can guide you to the success you so eagerly crave. Remember, you might stumble along the way, but the important thing is that you don’t give up.

“For those of us who want to move up the ladder, we need to find our spot to jump in.” 

-Jennifer Riley

Now go forth and advance your career!

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